Included in this Issue

Fall Product Sale Information
~ Why participate, highlights and important dates
Welcome Back for S'more Fun
~ Need Older Girl Help - Deadline Fri Sept 10th
~ Registration for All  Girls - Deadline Fri Sept 10th
(note corrected registration dates)

Fall Campout - Camp Holmes
~ Younger Girl (2nd-5th Gr) - Registration Deadline Fri Sept 17th
~ Complete Fall Campout Survey (about sleeping arrangements)

gsCommunity Photo Scavenger Hunt
~ Waitlist for "Girls change the world" t-shirts (all sizes)
~ Photo Scavenger Hunt instructions

More Meet & Greet for Girls to Join Girl Scouts
~ September & October sessions
~ Please pass the word along
Facilitron Instructions
~ For meetings at school locations

GSNorCal Council News
~ September 2021 edition
Fall Product Sale Information
Introducing Gwen, our new Service Unit Fall Products Manager

Thank you for stepping up into this role!


Below you will find the info for our 2021 Fall Product Program. I am new to the role of Fall Product manager and I have some really big shoes to fill. As you know Mardi held this role for 16 years! While I am sure there will be some small hiccups in this transition, rest assured if you have a question, I will get you an answer :)

Why is the Fall Product Program great for our girls?
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Girls develop curiosity, take initiative, and learn to collaborate with others while learning about and supporting emperor penguins to make a global impact.
  • Animal Conservation: Girls offset their carbon footprint and impact the environment and global warming while helping to save emperor penguins by planting trees in California.
  • Sisterhood: Girls become a part of something bigger than themselves when partnering with their Girl Scout sisters to Adopt-an-Emperor Penguin and impact climate change by planting trees.
  • Troops send the PGEB to families.
  • Volunteers: “One and done” product order for troop volunteers with all payments online.

Here are some of the highlights for the 2021 program:
  • Rise Up to impact climate change induced melting sea ice and protect emperor penguins from extinction.
  • Still 20% troop proceeds on all nuts, candy and magazines, one of the highest in the nation
  • M2 simplifies communication throughout the season through emailing direct from M2OS using sample templates.
  • Simplified – Everything you need is on the Fall Take Action Program webpage. Resources are virtual again. If you need the guide printed, this is a great use of service unit funds or product program bonuses to support girl engagement or send us an email at 
  • Simplified – New Money Earning requirements: no specific fall program metrics for troop volunteers to keep track of any longer
  • Simplified – Fall Take Action Program volunteer position acceptance form requirement is discontinued: the program is straightforward for volunteers to manage and we trust you to connect with us as needed, rendering the form unnecessary.

Important Dates:
  • Troop Volunteer Kickoff, September 11 at 10am. Register
  • Volunteers receive M2OS access email, September 24
  • EntreprenHERs in Action Day (formerly Digital Day), October 2, Register
  • Fall Take Action Program opens October 2
  • Connect with Weekly Q&As, October 6 – November 17 at 5:30pm. Register
  • Girl delivery option and paper delivery ends October 24
  • Product Deliveries plus receipts arrive November 5-10
  • Womens Entrepreneurship Day November 19
  • Online Storefronts close and order taking ends November 21
  • ACH Debits/Credit to troop accounts Week of November 29

Please be on the lookout for more emails as we get closer to the October 2nd EntreprenHERs in Action Day. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Here's to a fantastic Fall Product Sales for 2021!!

Gwenn Ertoz
(408) 470-9010
Apologies for Incorrect Registration Deadlines for Welcome Back S'more Fun event
Please find corrected information below
Welcome Back for S'more Fun
Everyone can join us for a Back to Troop Event
Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Val Vista Park, Pleasanton

As we "Press Play" and start our Troops up again, join us for games, crafts and s'mores, of course!

Link here to Register for S'more Fun
Previous email had a broken link - this has been corrected

Register by individual or by Troop
$3 per person (girl scout, girl scout sibling or adult)
Bring a friend who's interested in joining Girl Scouts for free

Register by Friday, September 10th, 2021
Note, the previous email had the incorrect registration deadline

Contact Darcy or Cheryl ( for more information
Help Us Run Stations at the Welcome Back for S'more Fun Event
Older Girls Needed (Grade 6-12)

Step 1 - Link here to Register to Attend Event (required)
Register by individual or by Troop
$3 per person (girl scout, girl scout sibling or adult)
Register by Friday, September 10th, 2021

Step 2 - Sign Up to Plan and/or Run a Station
Previous email had the incorrect link - this has been corrected
Register by individual or by Troop. You can also sign up to just run a station (not plan one).
Register by Friday, September 10th, 2021
Note, the previous email had the incorrect registration deadline
Older girls will receive both a participation fun patch and an older girl led fun patch.
 Possible station ideas include
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Sisterhood or Girl Scout Laws Craft/Game
  • Song Station
  • Outdoor skills station
  • STEM activity
  • SWAP station
Contact Darcy ( for more information
Camp Holmes
Fall Campout at Butano Creek Girl Scouts Camp

October 8th-10th, 2021
Open to girls in 2nd Grade to 12th Grade

We understand there is a lot of concern about sleeping arrangements for Fall Campout.

Please provide your input on this survey to help us figure out what might work best in order to hold a successful and safe camp.

Link here to Fall Campout Survey

This survey can be completed by ANY FAMILY interested in Fall Campout.
Responses can be provided by any parent, not limited to Troop Leaders.

Younger Girls (2nd-5th Grade) will earn the Brownie Senses or Junior Detective Badges
  • $55 for Younger Girls and $45 for Younger Girl Adults
  • Campers limited to 90 girls and 25 Adults - Register by Troop
  • Registration Deadline for Younger Girls is Friday, September 17th
Link here for more information and to register 2nd-5th Graders

One adult from each Troop MUST complete "Camp Out Certification"
Link here for Camp Out Certification Information

All adults attending camp must attend a mandatory Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 28th (7:30p-8:30p)
Guidelines for COVID-19 for GSNorCal Members
Overnight camping is allowed in outdoor settings. Girls may share sleeping structures under the following conditions:
  • Parents/guardians and troop leaders agree that girls may share sleeping structures. They can do so provided all parents/guardians review and sign the updated Activity and Event Permission Form
  • Sleeping structures (tents, cabins, dormitories, etc.) are well ventilated with open windows or other ventilation systems in use. 
  • Campers are distancing as much as possible (sleeping head to foot in ground tents, cots, or sleeping mats separated in buildings, etc.).

Contact Cheryl ( for more information
gsCommunity Photo Scavenger Hunt
Promote Girl Scouts in our Community
Until September 19th

GS NorCal is offering a waitlist for the Girl Scouts change the world t-shirts, however deadline to be added is Tuesday, September 14th.

Link here for T-Shirt Waitlist
Scroll to the bottom of the Cheddar Up link to add to waitlist for shirts ($8 each - payment will only be processed once t-shirt orders are confirmed).

Photo Scavenger Hunt Instructions

Take photos at the any of the suggested locations showing how much you love Girl Scouts. Wear the commemorative Girl Scouts Change The World t-shirt, another Girl Scouts shirt, or your Girl Scout uniform while taking the pictures. Bring friends along to share the fun. Show them what it’s like to be a Girl Scout.

How to participate
  1. Register for the event (t-shirt purchase not required to participate; optional commemorative t-shirts - remaining in stock: 2 @ YXL, 1 @ AL and 1 @ AXL, $8 per t-shirt).
  2. Up until September 19th, go out and take pictures at any of the suggestion locations.
  3. Share your pictures on our Crossroads Service Unit Facebook page or email to
  4. Continue to share your Girl Scout pride during Join Girl Scouts Week (September 9th-19th) by wearing your commemorative t-shirt while outdoors.
Suggested locations
  • Public Park
  • Playground
  • Trailhead
  • Public Garden
  • Community Center
  • Public Art
  • Post Office
  • Bus Stop
  • School or College
  • Library
  • Government Building
  • Museum or Performing Arts Center
  • Place of Worship
  • Grocery Store
  • Restaurant
  • Bank
  • Your favorite community space
  • Planting a tree (Girl Scouts Tree Promise)
  • Performing community service
  • Participating in the Honoring Changemakers Service Project

We hope you will participate in the gsCommunity Photo Scavenger Hunt wearing the commemorative t-shirt, another Girl Scouts shirt, or your Girl Scouts uniform.
Meet & Greet
For Girls to Join Girl Scouts

Pass the word along to families who would like to join Girl Scouts
We are hosting more Meet & Greet sessions in September and October

Link here for Flyer

Fees for Having Troop Meetings/Events at your Child’s School
Did you know that you could be charged fees for meeting places that used to be free?

Though Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNorCal) is a non-profit organization, some school districts now charge a fee for the use of their classrooms or spaces for meetings and events.
Many school districts now use electronic reservation systems, like Civic Permits, Facilitron, and School Dude, to name just a few. You can find a list of their fees by going to the school district’s (not the school’s) website and entering the words Facilities Use or Fee Schedule in their search box.
Meeting at your child’s school is an option that might be available to you, and oftentimes, is an easy place for your troop to gather. If you choose to reserve a space at your child’s school, be sure to ask what fees might apply, e.g., application/cancellation fees or custodial fees and whether or not they use an electronic reservation system or have an agreement that needs to be signed. Your troop will be responsible for all fees associated with reserving space.
Verbal agreements between you and a school staff member must be approved by the school district (not by the school) BEFORE you begin your meetings. This is especially true for school districts using electronic reservation services, like Facilitron, to manage their reservations. Facilitron, in particular, has been instructed by the school district to charge specific fees and can only adjust them with the permission of the school district. GSNorCal has no say in the fee structure, nor what reservation system the school districts have decided to use, if any.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when using Facilitron:
Be sure to be added as a User to the GSNorCal Facilitron account so your meetings or events will be properly covered by the Council’s liability insurance.
To request approval for your verbal agreement, use the Comments/History box at the bottom of the reservations page.
Be sure to log into your account often until you have received the approval from Facilitron that they have confirmed that your agreement.
There is a chance that your verbal agreement may not be honored. If that is the case, your troop will be financially responsible for any fees incurred.
For assistance in setting up your online reservation account or for any other questions you might have, please send an email to or call the Risk Management Team at (510) 562-8470 ext. 1104.

Council News

September 2021 Edition

Link here to read more
  • Retail Store News - huge inventory blowout sale!
  • Fall Fair - an adult learning enrichment opportunity on October 23rd (link here for more info)
  • Discoveree - need workshop leaders (link here to sign up)
  • Events Calendar - amazing programs around animals, the outdoors, dancing, STEM, art, writing, sisterhood, and more! Registration for Fall Programs will start on 9/1/2021 (link here for events calendar)
  • Renew by October 31st
  • Fall Take Action Program Dates (October 2, 2020 – November 21, 2021)
Renew Your Girl Scouts Membership
Press Play with Girl Scouts

  • Log into your account
  • Go to "My Household"
  • Select "Membership" for each member to renew

If you have girls who did not renew this past year due to the move to virtual format, let them know that in-person meetings are starting up again.
They can renew now and have their membership extend all the way to September 2022!
New girls who join now are also eligible for extended membership.

Crossroads Facebook Closed Group
We have a "closed group" on our Facebook Page.  This for adults who are registered Girl Scouts and are screened and cleared.  Because this is a closed group we can share more specific information about service unit events and happenings within Girl Scouts. 

If you would like to be a member of the closed group, use the link to our Facebook Home Page (click here), once there click "More" then "Groups".  From there you can request to join the group.  Once an administrator has verified your membership and volunteer clearance you will be added.

If you notice you have not been approved, be sure to check your Facebook messages.  Sometimes we need to email and follow-up with questions, as our Girl Scout and Facebook names may be different.
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